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corno

Vice Admiral of Notes, Dots & at times also Slurs
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Hi all,

I'm about to "inherit" an "old" G4 Apple Macintosh computer (the specifications aren't known to me yet, but it's been used primarily for DTP work I presume) from my father in law, and I'm looking for Mac resources on the web - being a PC-only-guy up until now I haven't emerged myself in the world of the Apple Computer Co. yet. So any and all links is appreciated.
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Cheers,
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Thomas

UPDATE:

I got the Mac today - seems to be a PowerMac3,5 - G4 with a 876Mhz processor, 756 mb ram (PC-133) and a 60gb harddrive - with a Philips CDD-5301 cd-combo-drive... With a 32mb nVidia gfx card and both usb and firewire - so it seems to be a reasonably good computer.
Unfortunately there's a problem with booting it - haven't found the cause yet though, but I have been able to boot up in safe mode - but since it's not completely similar to a Windows system I'm not sure what to do with it - yet... - getting it to boot up in safe mode took some research on the net... I'm planning to install Tiger and I'm planning on getting a DVD-burner - are there any limitations in what kind of DVD drive I can choose? I've been looking at NEC or Pioneer drives...

Any ideas anyone?
 

Frederik Magle

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Congrats on the mac! Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4.) should run fine on it, though of course not as fast as the latest G5 Power Macs (or a Mac mini), but still perfectly usable and a good start in mac land
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I'm not sure about the drive, though I believe most drives should work. Also, the startup problems are a bit puzzling. I would say that a "clean" re-install of the system (Tiger if possible) would probably be a good idea, especially since you've just got the mac and therefor don't have a lot of old prefs, docs and apps to worry about...

btw, I would recommend the Ars Technica: Macintoshian Achaia forum as a good place for mac related information and help. Most people there are quite knowledgable!

Good luck with the Power Mac
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(And don't hesitate to ask me if you have any problems/questions - I'll help if I can)
 

corno

Vice Admiral of Notes, Dots & at times also Slurs
Sr. Regulator
It's going ok - I'm a little tied up at the moment - earning some money for a holiday trip with mu girlfriend - we're going to Ireland for a week in July - and it isn't free, unfortunately...
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I've installed Tiger and it seems to be running smoothly so far - haven't, as I've said, had too much time (or mac-software for that matter) to test it out with yet... but I'm sure that'll come.
 
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